The Greater Geelong City Council general election was held on 28 October 2017 by postal voting with 194,721 voters on the roll on entitlement day.
The election was conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), as the statutory election service provider to Greater Geelong City Council in accordance with clause 1 of Schedule 2 of the Local Government Act 1989 (the LG Act).
Having just completed the 2016 local government elections, the VEC was in a good position to conduct the Greater Geelong City Council general election in 2017 using the 2016 Election Service Plan as a base, and making minor adjustments and improvements. Importantly the same performance targets identified in 2016 were applied to the Greater Geelong City Council general election and to the service level agreement with the council.
Fifty three candidates nominated to contest eleven vacancies in four separate wards. The turnout rate of 76.84 percent was 0.86 percent lower than in 2012 (77.70%) but 3.09 percent higher than other postal elections in the 2016 local government general elections (excluding Melbourne City Council Leadership Team) (73.75%).
Informality rates were high in this general election, at 6.53 percent across the four wards, compared to 2.41 percent across 12 wards in the mayoral election in 2012. This increase is most likely due to the average number of candidates in each election increasing from 4.54 in 2012 to 13.25 in 2017.
The results of the Greater Geelong City Council general election were declared at 4.00 pm on Monday 6 November 2017.